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Nissan X-Trail news - X-tra large - 2008

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Nissan says its all-new X-Trail was restyled on the principle
of ‘evolution demanded by the customer’. But given the gentle tweaks to the
SUV’s appearance, it looks more like it’s been styled on the principle of
‘let’s fatten it up a touch and get down the pub’. 

While it’s bigger in every direction than its predecessor
(it’s still only a five-seater, though), the X-Trail isn’t breaking much ground
in the looks department.

But no matter, for behind the still-familiar face the
X-Trail has had quite a shake-up, most notably a pair of cleaner, greener
turbodiesels - both versions of the two-litre engine already found in the

The 2.0dCi engine fits the X-Trail in 148- and 167bhp
guises, while petrol duties are taken care of by 2.0- and 2.5-litre motors. All
are mated to a six-speed manual as standard, although there’s the option of an
auto if you like that sort of thing. 

The X-Trail should do the job on the dirty stuff, thanks to
a pair of nifty acronyms: Uphill Start Support (USS) and Downhill Drive Support

The first locks the brakes on slopes above 10 degrees to
prevent the X-Trail slipping backwards, while the second uses the anti-lock
brakes to maintain a descent speed of 5mph allowing the driver to concentrate
on steering. Well, steering and spotting the tiny alterations on the new model.

Expect prices a couple of hundred pounds above the outgoing
X-Trail when it arrives in the UK in early September.

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